A grief-stricken mum has been reunited with her deceased seven-year-old daughter in virtual reality in South Korea, according to a documentary.
A production team in South Korea used VR technology to stage an emotional encounter between a mum and daughter, as a part of a documentary called I Met You.
Jang Ji-sung decided to take part in a documentary which would allow her to reunite with her daughter, Nayeon, who died of a rare disease in 2016.
A virtual park was created for the pair to meet in by the team and a child was used for the motion capture, whilst Nayeon’s face, body and voice was used to bring the girl to life.
The mum of four said: “Maybe it’s a real paradise. I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile, for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time. I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted.”
It made for a tearful moment when Jang “met” her daughter, which was captured in the emotional documentary.
The child’s father, brother and sister watched from the sidelines, whilst Jang could be seen wearing a set of VR goggles, bursting into tears at the sight of her virtual daughter who ran towards her in the simulation.
The little girl said: “Where have you been, Mum? Did you think about me?”
Jang replied: “I do all the time.”
The mum then reached out to touch her daughter and even “held” her virtual daughter’s hand.
After being broadcast, the blog was shut down although Jang had agreed to appear in the documentary to provide comfort for “someone who has lost a child like me, or who has lost a brother or a parent”.
“Three years later, I now think I should love her more than I miss her… so that I can be confident when I meet her later,” she added.
“I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show.”
According to Aju Business Daily, the production team had spent eight months on the controversial project.
A Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano told Dell Technologies that he believed the project was not unethical.
He stated: “Since you know the person is gone, you accept the virtual equivalent for what it is — a comforting vestige.
“There is nothing wrong or unethical about it.”
The documentary aired on February 6 on South Korean TV network Munwha Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).